What should you know about COVID-19 in children?
- The risk of children catching COVID-19
- How you can protect children from COVID-19
- What to do if your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- How to care for your children while protecting yourself
As of May 16, 2020, there have been more than 11,000 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country. Confirmed cases increase day by day and as a parent, you might be wondering about the possible effects of COVID-19 in children in the Philippines.
Unfortunately, the little ones are not an exemption to contracting this virus. According to an article by CNN Philippines, The Department of Health confirmed that 2 infants did not make it amongst the 25 babies who tested positive for COVID-19 locally. Furthermore, a 16-day old baby was also reported to have contracted the virus and is now known as the youngest survivor of COVID-19 in the country.
The enhanced community quarantine may have taken some weight off your shoulders because your kids are safe at home. In addition, all classes and schools nationwide have been called off and suspended until further notice because of the outbreak. We know you only want the best for your family and want to keep them as safe and healthy as possible. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of how the disease impacts children, what you can do to keep them safe, and what happens when they contract the virus.
The Risk Of Children Catching COVID-19
We are still learning new information about COVID-19 every day. Although the confirmed cases in the Philippines are comprised of mostly adults, it is still not enough to assume that children are less at risk of catching COVID-19. Any human could be susceptible to the disease, therefore, taking extra precautions is still advised. This is especially the case for children with underlying diseases and respiratory concerns such as asthma. It also concerns infants under the age of 1 due to their immature immune systems and smaller airways.
How You Can Protect Children From COVID-19
Taking preventive measures is the best way to combat COVID-19. As parents, it is important that both children and the whole family do their part to keep healthy. Make sure to remind your children to wash their hands well with soap and water for twenty seconds. In addition, regularly keep your home and their toys germ-free.
On top of that, there is no vaccine or cure for the virus just yet. Now more than ever is the time to keep your children safe and healthy. According to UNICEF Philippines, 2 million children in the country may miss out on vaccinations this year. You can see how this may put kids at an even higher risk. Immunization efforts play a huge role in the immune systems of children. This doesn’t shield them from the COVID-19, but it still serves as a preventive measure for other diseases.
What To Do If Your Child Is Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
If your child gets sick during these times, observe their symptoms. These are the symptoms and signs of COVID-19 in children:
- Fever (that lasts for several days)
- Belly Pain
- Red Eyes
- Hand and Feet Swelling
- Joint Pain
- Looking Pale
If your child has been showing symptoms of COVID-19, don’t panic and stay calm. Just like adults, mild cases of COVID-19 can be treated at home. Help them get plenty of rest and make them drink more fluids. Give them medication to reduce their symptoms and make them more comfortable. Also, call your pediatrician. Your doctors will always know what to do next and will determine whether or not an in-person visit is needed. However, rush your child to the emergency room if he/she is showing these signs:
- Looks severely sick
- Having breathing problems
- Is confused, frequently drowsy or sleepy
- Experiences chest pain
- Sweaty and blotchy skin
- Frequent dizziness
How To Care For Your Children While Protecting Yourself
As an adult, when you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at home, it is highly advised to isolate yourself and get treated in a room for 14 days. However, in this instance, your child needs adult supervision and still needs someone to take care of them. So, if your child is sick with COVID-19 symptoms at home, keep other family members and pets away as much as possible.
Have your child use a different bathroom. If not possible, remember to frequently disinfect and clean often. Make sure that your family is also taking preventive measures for themselves.
Although COVID-19 in children in the Philippines has fewer cases than adults, it is still highly advised to take preventive measures. If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, you have two options. First, apply for an online consultation from a Pediatrician at the Perpetual Help Medical Center. Click here for a list of available doctors. Second, visit the Emergency Department of the Perpetual Help Medical Center. Whichever decision you choose to make, keep yourself, your children, and the rest of your family safe.